It has been a privilege to establish the network here in Te Tai Tokerau and create a steering rōpū, alongside whānau who have such heart and dedication for the overall wellbeing of our people. Whilst we have faced slight adversities with the unexpected rāhui restrictions, these times have provided our rōpū the opportunity to strengthen in more ways than one.
Internally, we have learned how best to work alongside each other and respect and value our diverse opinions. Positive outcomes for whānau continue to remain at the forefront of everything we do within our space.
One of the key highlights has been the success of our application for a ‘Like Minds, Like Mine’ community partnership grant. In the coming months, we will be planning an event to bring together whānau in a safe and non-judgmental space, so they can share kōrero about stigma and discrimination they have experienced.
We want to capture the contrast and perspectives of whānau who have been through services and experienced mental distress, stigma and discrimination, as well as their supporters to showcase the different perspectives. Many initiatives are focussed around either whaiora or whānau; we are wanting to intertwine the two and have this project inclusive of both.
Whilst I will continue to support the steering rōpū as the project lead for the ‘Like Minds, Like Mine’ kaupapa the beautiful and strong wahine, Tui Taurua has stepped into the role of regional lead.
Tui was part of the founding rōpū for Te Kete Pounamu and brings with her years of expertise being involved in different spaces within the Mental Health and Addiction sector. Tui also brings her own lived experience, which supports to create a connection with whānau. Tui is not afraid to advocate on behalf of the Māori voice, which makes her the perfect person for this role. Our rōpū have the utmost respect for Tui and look forward to working together.
Please check out her introduction for further insight about Tui and some of the mahi she is already a part of within multiple spaces, supporting whānau Māori throughout the Te Tai Tokerau region.
Nau mai, Haere mai Tui!
Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui
Ihomatua Kaiwhakahaere, Te Kete Pounamu
Te Rau Ora